Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Inevitable Russiagate Post

So this shit is going to last through the Trump presidency, isn't it?

Jonathon Moseley at AmThink writes on how the Michael Flynn Prosecution Turned on Logan Act Hoax. The original purpose of the Logan Act was to suppress dissent on foreign policy, and it's widely acknowledged on both sides of the aisle (all sides of the aisle?) to be unconstitutional when people are being reasonable, but it keeps getting dragged out like Count Dracula's corpse to be used against political opponents when they're not. It should be officially repealed, but that won't happen for various reasons, chiefly that Democrats anticipate whacking Republicans with it in the future. It must be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The best way for that to happen would be to charge John Kerry, who clearly violates it, and force him to spend Teresa's cash to appeal to all the way to the top.

Related, from Daniel Greenfield at Front Page, Obama Used National Security to Spy on Americans Opposed to Islamic Terrorists "Obamagate redefined opposition to Islamic terrorism as a national security threat." How dare one threaten the goals of the saint of creased pants!

Fox, Flynn judge Emmet Sullivan set to explain why he has not dismissed case. Oh goody, I can't wait to hear what logic straining excuses the Lawfare folk write up for him.

"Adam Mill" at AmGreat writes of how Senate Fumbles Chance to Hold Rosenstein Accountable. Yes, but to fair, you could just put the period after "fumbles" generally when it comes to the Senate. To wit, Chuck Ross at Da Caller echo's Lindsey Graham Saying He’s Been Denied Access To FBI Employees Who Interviewed Key Dossier Source "Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, did not say whether the FBI or the Justice Department have blocked his request to interview the FBI employees." In other words, is it Bill Barr's fault, or Chris Wray's? But as John Solomon reports at JTN, Lindsey is calling an impressive array of malefactors; In the crosshairs: 33 Russia collusion probe witnesses who could be subpoenaed in the Senate "You can view the entire subpoena list here. Subpoena Motion - Schedule A (20200602).pdf". Will anything come of it? History suggests lots of noise, little progress.

On the other hand, Tyler O'Neil thinks Justice Is Coming: 'As Many as 16-17' Obamagate Criminal Referrals Headed to DOJ
I'll believe it when it happens.

From sundance at CTH, Tucker Carlson Interviews Richard Grenell About His Experience as Acting Director of National Intelligence…

Not as thorough as the interview from yesterday's post, but I'm glad to see him continue to push the issue to a wider audience; now if only the rest of the MSN would show some interest. Remember, if you hate Ric Grenell, you're homophobic.

And some news from that unfortunate Russiagate alumnus, Prosecutors allege Avenatti may have violated terms of prison release
Prosecutors alleged Sunday that Michael Avenatti, former attorney to Stormy Daniels, may have violated his temporary prison release agreement by using a computer with internet access.

CNN reported that court filings from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California accused the celebrity lawyer of violating "the conditions of his temporary release by using his third-party custodian Jay Manheimer's internet-accessible computer to draft his last five filings in this case."

"At a minimum, defendant and his counsel have not been candid with this Court," prosecutors continued, alleging that Avenatti used a computer owned by his friend, Jay Manheimer, to access the internet in order to write and file motions in his case.

Avenatti's attorney Dean Steward responded in a filing denying the government's allegations, claiming that the prosecution's accusations were based on an erroneous understanding of metadata information and rejecting the idea that Avenatti's team had misled the court about his access to a computer.

"Mr. Avenatti has not violated any of his conditions of release," the filings read. "Mr. Avenatti is able to review documents with his counsel via email between Mr. Manheimer and counsel. Mr. Manheimer is then able to print those documents for Mr. Avenatti to review."

Avenatti was released from jail in April after a judge granted him temporary release due to concerns brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the agreement, he was not supposed to leave his house or access the internet.
I remember the good old days when we barely had an computers or the internet. Stuff still got done. But to fuck a lot of things up really fast, it helps to have a computer.

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